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Island of the Mad : A Novel of Suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
2018
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Characters
Mary Russell (Female), Private investigator, Married, American, Stepmother, Grandmother, Wife of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes (Male), Private investigator, Married, English, Father, Grandfather, Retired, Mary's husband
Genre
Fiction
Mystery
Suspense
Historical
Topics
Holmes, Sherlock
Husbands and wives
Friendship
Aunts
Missing persons
Setting
England - Europe
Venice, Italy - Europe
Time Period
1920s -- 20th century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Set in 1925, Edgar-winner King's well-plotted 16th Mary Russell novel (after 2016's The Murder of Mary Russell) finds Mary helping Ronnie Fitzwarren, an old friend of hers from her first year at Oxford, with what Ronnie calls an emergency. In 1922, Ronnie's eccentric Aunt Vivian was confined to Bethlem Royal Hospital (aka Bedlam Asylum) after several violent outbursts, including the attempted murder of her half-brother Edward, for whom she "always demonstrated a particular antipathy." Now Vivian has disappeared, along with her nurse, while on leave from the hospital to celebrate Edward's 50th birthday. Mary's search for Vivian takes her first to Bedlam and later to Venice, accompanied by her husband, Sherlock Holmes, who has been sent by his brother, Mycroft, to monitor fascism in Italy. There they have an unpleasant encounter with Edward, an admirer of Mussolini, and befriend composer Cole Porter, who assists them in revealing what's behind Vivian's animus toward Edward. This ranks as one of the better recent installments in this popular series. Agent: Zoe Quinton, Literary Strategist. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are back in Laurie R. King's New York Times bestselling series--"the most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today" (Lee Child). <br> <br> With Mrs. Hudson gone from their lives and domestic chaos building, the last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad and missing aunt.<br> <br> Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. And although her mental state seemed to be improving, she's now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital . . . better known as Bedlam.<br> <br> Russell wants nothing to do with the case--but she can't say no. And at least it will get her away from the challenges of housework and back to the familiar business of investigation. To track down the vanished woman, she brings to the fore her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge--and of course enlists her husband's legendary prowess. Together, Russell and Holmes travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the winding canals and sun-drenched Lido cabarets of Venice--only to find the foreboding shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege.<br> <br> Praise for Island of the Mad <br> <br> "Superb . . . shocking . . . Come for the mystery, stay for the sightseeing, the gibes at fascism, and the heroine's climactic masquerade as silent film star Harold Lloyd." -- Kirkus Reviews <br> <br> "[Laurie R.] King's storytelling is always a pleasure, full of lush details and clever twists. Cole Porter, who is an integral part of the book's LGBTQ story line, adds an unexpected and welcome star turn." -- Booklist <br> <br> "Well-plotted . . . This ranks as one of the better recent installments in this popular series." -- Publishers Weekly
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